Sword of Justice (1978–1979)
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A playboy framed for a crime that resulted in the death of his parents is sent to prison where he learns a variety of criminal skills. Upon his release, he is determined to exact revenge on the men who framed him.

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Daniel Haller

Writers:

Glen A. Larson, Michael Gleason (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Dack Rambo ... Jack Cole
Bert Rosario ... Hector Ramirez
Alex Courtney ... Arthur Woods
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Baseleon
J.D. Cannon ... Frank Blaine
Colby Chester ... Federal Agent Buckner
Leigh Christian Leigh Christian
Cristina Ferrare ... Elena Novanti
Larry Hagman ... Doyle Rettig
Victor Holchak
Harry Johnson ... Party Guest (as Chip Johnson)
Don Keefer ... Barrows
Jack Kelly ... Walters
Lorenzo Lamas ... Donno Novanti
June Lockhart ... Noreen Cole
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A playboy framed for a crime that resulted in the death of his parents is sent to prison where he learns a variety of criminal skills. Upon his release, he is determined to exact revenge on the men who framed him.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Show So Good NBC Had To Can It
4 March 2013 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Wealthy young playboy Jack Cole (Dack Rambo) is framed for embezzlement by his dead father's former business associates (J.D.Cannon & Larry Hagman). His mother (June Lockhart) dies thinking he is guilty.

He is given a five year stretch in maximum security prison which begins with his receiving a severe baptismal beating by resident members of the Aryan Brotherhood. Jack is considerably less of a soft touch than he is taken for. He learns criminal skills and tricks making the most of his time inside.

After being released he is ready to vindicate himself and exact retribution. He concludes "You don't know how rotten the top can look until you've seen it from the bottom". Though the show would evoke 'The Saint' this pilot episode echoed themes present in The Count of Monte Cristo.

This was a solid starting point for the NBC series With a decent premise (Though hardly original) and good writing punctuated by witty dialogue. Series star Dack Rambo had finally found a vehicle worthy of his talents and a solid supporting cast along with flashy guest stars were recruited to flank him.

The exceptional sophistication of those elements help the viewer overlook certain implausibilities and the asinine title. For instance it is pretty unrealistic to show a guy getting maximum security prison for embezzlement. It is even less realistic to show him being able to get a taxi in San Francisco when he needs one.

NBC gave this show a ten episode run during 1978-1979 before pulling the plug. Given the history of that network particularly at the end of the 1970s it is remarkable that a quality show like this should last even that long.


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